23-17: House Judiciary Committee Votes to Impeach the President

By Susan Jones | December 13, 2019 | 11:16am EST
The House Judiciary Committee has approved two articles of impeachment against President Trump. (File Photo by Jim Watson/AFP via Getty Images)
The House Judiciary Committee has approved two articles of impeachment against President Trump. (File Photo by Jim Watson/AFP via Getty Images)

(CNSNews.com) - Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) issued a brief statement Friday morning after the committee he chairs convened briefly to pass two articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump.

The president later accused Democrats of "trivializing impeachment."

First, Nadler's statement:

Okay. Today -- today is a solemn and sad day. For the third time in a little over a century and a half, the house judiciary committee has voted articles of impeachment against the president for abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. The House will act expeditiously. Thank you.

Both the abuse of power article and obstruction of Congress article passed separately on party-line votes of 23-17. It is now up to the full House of Representatives to impeach the president, and that vote is expected next Wednesday.

House Republicans expected the vote to happen late Thursday night, after almost 14 hours of rancorous debate. But Nadler brought the gavel down shortly after 11 p.m., telling the committee to return at 10 a.m. Friday for the actual votes.

Rep. Doug Collins (R-Ga.), the ranking member, said Nadler wanted the vote to take place when more people were watching television. He and other Republicans were furious at not being consulted about the schedule change.

‘Trivializing impeachment’

President Trump reacted later at the White House to the Judiciary Committee approving two articles of impeachment:

I think it's a horrible thing to be using the tool of impeachment, which is supposed to be used in an emergency and it would seem, many, many years apart. To be using this for a perfect phone call with a president of that country said there was no pressure whatsoever, didn't even know what we were talking about.

It was perfect, the relationship is perfect. I've done much more for them than Obama did for them.

 It's a scam, it's something that shouldn't be allowed and it's a very bad thing for our country. And you’re trivializing impeachment, and I tell you what, someday there will be a Democrat president and there’ll be a Republican House, and I suspect they're going to remember it. Because when you use impeachment for absolutely nothing other than to try to get political gain –

With that being said it, my poll numbers as you know have gone through the roof, fund-raising for the Republican party has gone through the roof, we are setting records. Nobody's ever seen anything like it. The people are disgusted. The people are absolutely disgusted. Nobody's ever seen anything like this.

And I watched yesterday, I got to see quite a bit of it yesterday, and I watched these Democrats on the committee make fools out of themselves, absolute fools out of themselves. And I also saw them quoting all the time incorrectly…


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